African giants, Nigeria, stand on the cusp of mounting another sensational campaign in olympic football competition, akin to their gloried gold medal victory over a plucky Argentina in the Atlanta 1988 olympics.
Yet, a few shaky moments in their march, so far at the Rio olympics, gives cause for pause.
Nigeria started on a good note by beating their counterparts from Japan in a 5-4 victory in their first game. In their second match against Sweden, it was a little tough for them but they managed to win 1-0, thanks to a strike by Sadiq Umar.
Their particular fixture against Colombia was a very bad one as they lost 0-2. They didn’t put in much effort, perhaps because they had already qualified to the next stage of the competition.
That result kept the African contingent losers against South American opposition. Algeria and South Africa lost to, and drew, respectively with Honduras, Argentina and Brazil.
So far, Nigeria has proved to be the only African side to have qualified to the quarter finals of the competition, after registering two wins and a loss, to top Group B with a maximum of six points.
‘Six’ seems to be central to Nigeria’s aspiration. For, they scored six goals in their first two matches, and conceded six goals in their first and third game, a stat they would have to improve if they want to go past their quarter final opponent, Denmark, August 13, scheduled at 16:00 GMT.
FILED BY: Ewli Elikem Justice